NBC4's 2009 12 Days of Giving

NBC4 is proud to present its 2009 12 Days of Giving campaign!  The following organizations help those in our community, and this holiday season they could use some help from community they give so much to. 

Please consider making a donation or volunteering your time with these quality organizations:

Dec. 7:
City Year:  As tutors and mentors, City Year corps members provide critically needed services to some of D.C.’s most underserved youth.   Web site:  www.cityyear.org/dc

Dec. 8:
Salute Our Services: Salute Our Services, Inc. was created in 2001 to augment existing family support programs of the United States Military and to encourage and facilitate the use of the Internet as a tool to enhance communication between deployed Soldiers and the families they leave behind while serving our Country. Salute Our Services seeks solutions to ease the burden of deployments. Communication is key when families are separated from their Soldier for long periods of time and family support is essential to the readiness and retention of the men and women who serve our Country.  Web site: http://www.saluteourservices.org/

Dec. 9:
Alzheimer's Daycare Center: AFDC is the only dementia-specific adult day center in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It is the first, and still the only center in Northern Virginia with programs for people in the later stages of Alzheimer's.  Web site:  http://www.alzheimersfdc.org/index.htm

Dec. 10:
Crafts For a Cure:  Join the fight against cancer by raising funds for cancer research and affordable treatments though the sales of beautiful handmade art and crafts. A worldwide network of crafters, artisans and enthusiastic volunteers donate their time and skills to create and sell beautiful handmade gifts. Net proceeds from the sale of these crafts are allocated to board approved cancer research and financial aid groups.  Web site: http://www.craftsforacure.com

Dec. 11:
Mother Dear's Community Center: Since 1957, Mother Dear’s Community Center has been a Faith Based Organization providing food, clothing, emergency assistance, and other services to the poor, needy and homeless.  Web site:  http://www.mother-dears.org/

Dec. 14:
Community Lodgings: This non-profit group helps lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency.  Web site:  http://www.communitylodgings.org/

Dec. 15:
H.O.M.E.: Home of Miracles and Embraces is a dedicated resource for early detection comprised of effective service delivery systems aimed to sustain and promote good health, coupled with eradicating associated stigmas relating to HIV/AIDS. H.O.M.E. and its focus on youth strategy is also committed in establishing a safe haven retreat, grant holiday wishes, and create memorable experiences for youth living with HIV/AIDS.  Web site:  http://www.iwannagohome.org/

Dec. 16:
Birthday Blessings: At Birthday Blessing we believe when children don’t receive a birthday present on their special day they feel left out and forgotten. Long-term, this can potentially damage a child’s self-esteem. In order to help these children, we have created Birthday Blessing, a non-profit organization which provides birthday presents anonymously to underprivileged children. The organization started in 2002 by Sharon Brown. We provide approximately 500 presents to children each year in the Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland areas. By touching the lives of these children, we hope to help them grow emotionally and socially, so one day these children will have a positive impact on society.  Web site:  http://www.birthdayblessing.org/

Dec. 17:
Leah's House: Leah’s House provides a safe, caring and comfortable place for women and children affected by domestic violence. Women and children there live in a positive environment, teach needed skills, and get the help they need.  Web site:  www.leahshousemd.org

Dec. 18:
Fairfax Pets on Wheels: Fairfax Pets On Wheels brings together loving companion pets and Fairfax County residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. FPOW is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. Since 1987, we’ve provided pet visitation through a network of more than 300 volunteers. FPOW has touched the lives of thousands of residents in Fairfax County. Currently, we provide visitation to residents in ten facilities, and have many more on a waiting list. Our dedicated volunteers donated over 8,000 hours of pet visitation last year.  Web site:  http://www.fpow.org/

Dec. 21:
Potomac Community Resource: PCR serves hundreds of individuals with developmental differences, their families and involved professionals. Programs take place at various locations throughout Montgomery County.  Web site:  http://pcr-inc.org/

Dec. 22:
DC-CAP: The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), a non-profit organization funded by Washington-area companies and foundations, encourages and enables DC public high school students to enter and graduate from college. With corporate and foundation support, DC-CAP provides assistance to those students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend and graduate from college  Web site:  www.dccap.org

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